NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) defeated Odisha FC 3-1 on Sunday and climbed to the third spot of the Indian Super League (ISL) standings at Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco.
According to a match report, goals from Luis Machado (9th and 24th) and Deshorn Brown (19th) helped the NorthEast United FC to move to the third spot.
Bradden Inman (45th) netted a consolation for Odisha FC.
Hyderabad FC and FC Goa are currently at the fourth and fifth respectively.
NEUFC took advantage of both their rivals for the top-four spot – FC Goa and Hyderabad FC – dropping points with the convincing 3-1 victory over Odisha FC.
NorthEast FC are now the heavy favourites to grab a play-off spot.
NEUFC opened the scoring in the 9th minute as Ashutosh Mehta found Machado with an accurate cross and the latter hit it first time past a diving Arshdeep Singh.
After 10 minutes, Brown doubled the lead with a sublime finish after being put through by Federico Gallego.
Just a few minutes later, NEUFC put the game beyond doubt as Gallego found Machado with an accurate looping ball and the latter headed it past the onrushing Arshdeep.
Odisha did manage to get back into the game in stoppage time just before the first-half whistle.
The Odisha FC players kept applying pressure on the Highlanders till the end of the game but the NEUFC with its strong defence won the game.